The FT examines the challenges facing Sir David Higgins, the chairman of HS2, the UK’s proposed north-south high-speed rail line. Sir David will unveil his analysis of the impact of the line north of Birmingham next week, with one observer briefed on the plans commenting: “He is struggling to keep it within the spending envelope he has”. Sir David is also unlikely to support Stoke’s bid for the line to stop in the Potteries rather than Crewe. Stoke claims the route would £5bn cheaper if the route passed through it. He will also recommit to a station at Meadowhall, on the outskirts of Sheffield, rather than a more expensive station in the city centre.
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